Intellectual History

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Hobbes and the Democratic Imaginary

A critical interrogation of elements of Hobbes's political and natural philosophy and its capacity to enrich our understanding of the nature of democratic life.

The Humanistic Background of Science

The once-lost introduction to the philosophy of science by Philipp Frank (1884-1966), a leading member of the Vienna circle of philosophers and biographer of Albert Einstein.

Leo Strauss and Contemporary Thought

Broadens the horizons of Strauss’s thought by initiating dialogues between him and figures with whom little or no dialogue has yet occurred.

Recovering the Liberal Spirit

Develops a theory of spiritual freedom and explores its relationship to problems of liberal political regimes.

Abolishing Boundaries

Offers new perspectives on modern Chinese political thought.

Genealogies of the Secular

Presents a historical and philosophical overview of the twentieth-century German debates on secularization and their significance for contemporary discussions about the relationship between theology and modernity.

The Real Metaphysical Club

A full account of the Metaphysical Club, featuring the members’ philosophical writings and four critical essays.

Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan

By Wai-ming Ng
Subjects: Asian Studies

Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.

Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki

By Avram Alpert
Subjects: History

Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history.

In Pursuit of the Great Peace

Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.

The Politics of Paradigms

Uncovers long-ignored political themes—ideology, propaganda, mind-control, and Orwellian history—at work within the pages of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage

Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.

Sons of Sarasvati

Edited and translated by Chinya V. Ravishankar
Introduction by Chinya V. Ravishankar
Subjects: Asian Studies

Presents rare biographies of traditional Indian scholars during the nineteenth century, a critical moment of transition for the Indian intellectual tradition.

The Hand of the Engraver

A rich intellectual encounter, revolving around the hands of the experimenter and those of the artist, highlighting the relation between the sciences and the arts.

The Pen Confronts the Sword

By Avihu Zakai
Subjects: History

Demonstrates how four books by dissident German intellectuals served as a rebuke to the Nazi regime.

The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays

This exploration of key terms related to social and political order, found in early Indian texts, challenges the idea of a unified ancient India and a unified national identity at that time.

C. I. Lewis

An intellectual biography of the American philosopher C. I. Lewis.

The Politics of Unreason

The first systematic analysis of the Frankfurt School’s research and theorizing on modern antisemitism.

Political Liberalism

Edited by Shaun P. Young
Subjects: History

Leading theorists explore the concept of political liberalism.

Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought

Reflections on principle and prudence in the thoughts and actions of great thinkers and statesmen.

Leo Strauss, Philosopher

European scholars discuss Leo Strauss as a major figure in the history of philosophy.

Wonder

By Sophia Vasalou
Subjects: History

Synthesizes the most important recent work on wonder and brings a number of disciplines into conversation.

The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason

Examines the relationship between diverse iterations of Rosicrucianism and the philosophy of the Enlightenment.

Merleau-Ponty and the Possibilities of Philosophy

Leading scholars engage the later contributions of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

John Dee's Occultism

A comprehensive look at the life and work of one of the towering figures of Renaissance mysticism.

Nahum Goldmann

Explores the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most colorful Zionist leaders.

Race after Sartre

Examines Jean-Paul Sartre’s antiracist politics and his contributions to critical race theories, postcolonialism, and Africana existentialism.

Identity and Difference

Edited by Philip T. Grier
Subjects: History

Contributors draw on Hegel’s account of identity and difference to challenge conventional theories of identity.

Leaving Us to Wonder

Explores the larger social, political, and philosophical contexts in which the current vitriolic science vs. anti-science debates occur.

Crisis Theory and World Order

Uses Heidegger’s philosophy to critique and remedy “world order thinking” in international politics.

Emerson, Thoreau, and the Role of the Cultural Critic

Reinterprets important works of the social criticism of Emerson and Thoreau as being based in defense of community.

David Hartley on Human Nature

Presents the first complete account of the thought of David Hartley, one of the most original minds of the eighteenth century.

Paths to the Middle East

Edited by Thomas Naff
Subjects: History

The field of Middle East studies is undergoing a generational change in academia, government, and the corporate community. The men and women who trained the present generation of scholars and who shaped ...

Reinhold Niebuhr and John Dewey

By Daniel F. Rice
Subjects: History

Reinhold Niebuhr and John Dewey frequently have been identified as the most influential American philosophers of their respective times. Although their direct contact in print and in political action ...

A Light Too Bright

Questioning the very legitimacy of Western liberalism and the modern secular civilization it has given rise to, Dr. Gregorios critically examines the values of the European Enlightenment of the eighteenth ...